I work at a small rural hospital & I am trying to convince my nurse manager that we should use something other than alcohol wipes for IV site prep. I have been given the hint that the price of Chlorhexidine is prohibitive. At my previous work place we used B&D's Persist prior to switching over to Chlorhexidine. Am I correct in assuming the INS standard of care is Chlorhexidine? If so is Persist or a similar povo-iodine product an acceptable & more cost-effective alternative. If anyone has any literary references, I would greatly appreciate it.
Staff Nurse in Western Oregon